To climb the ladder at work takes a lot of responsibility and courage. Some employees are just not in a position in their lives to climb the corporate ladder. Not everyone’s goal is to reach the highest level of success possible. Many want to put in a good day’s work and are happy with what they do. They go home at the end of the day satisfied and feel good about returning to work the next day. Employers need to accept that advancement is not for everyone. Here are some reasons you should appreciate these employees just as much as the go-getters.
Personalize Professional Goals
Career goals should never be one-size-fits-all. When you have someone who wants to stay in their position, give them goals that match their role, not focused on growth. For example, rather than sending them on leadership training, provide classes in the technology they use so they can increase their skills for the job at hand.
Reward Good Work
Sometimes your head-down workers can get lost in the shuffle. They’re not as flashy as their professional counterparts, who are eager for advancement. You may forget to tell them how much your value their contribution. Create a culture of gratitude in the workplace to regularly thank them for their work. Along with regular appreciation, create a reward program for hitting specific targets in their job.
Make sure you encourage their loyalty by paying them fairly and providing benefits that match the competition. Even if they have no interest in advancement, that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t consider another opportunity elsewhere. You need to be an employer they want to work for in their careers. When you’re in this process, talk directly to your team members. What do they want from their employer to stay loyal to the team?
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